WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – FEBRUARY/2019 (CLICK ON WEBSITES FOR MORE INFO, TIMES & TICKETS)

LARGE THEATRES
*Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.canadianstage.com
*CAA (formerly Panasonic) Theatre, 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/venues/fleckdancetheatre/
*Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. W., http://www.coc.ca
*Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., http://www.sonycentre.ca
*Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Av., http://www.crowstheatre.com
*St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stlc.com
*Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., http://www.tocentre.com
*Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, https://tickets.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/TheatreManager/1/online

MORE THEATRES
*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*Cahoots Theatre Company, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E., http://www.cahoots.ca
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://harthouse.ca/hart-house-theatre/
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave., http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, http://www.music.utoronto.ca
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, https://national.ballet.ca
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., http://www.redsandcastletheatre.com
*Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario, http://www.brampton.ca/sites/rose-theatre/en/Pages/Welcome.aspx
*Second City, sketch comedy theatre that’s launched many careers, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Shaw Festival Theatres, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, https://www.shawfest.com/
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., http://www.theatrecentre.org
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.on.ca
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown, http://www.tdt.org
*Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond St. West, https://www.yukyuks.com/toronto

CONCERT HALLS
*Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Av., http://www.thedanforth.com
*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.tocentre.com/theatres/george-weston-recital-hall
*Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W., http://www.cbc.ca/glenngould
*Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
*Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., http://www.hughsroom.com
*Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.rcmusic.com
*Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Opera House, 735 Queen St. East, http://theoperahouse.ticketoffices.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4P_S_OGJ2QIVlLjACh0D0QC9EAAYASAAEgJVj_D_BwE
*Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomson.com
*Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., http://www.trinitystpauls.ca

CENTRAL CITY CINEMAS
*Carlton, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
*Hot Docs Ted Rogers, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
*Market Square, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
*Mount Pleasant, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
*Ontario Science Centre Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
*Regent, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
*Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, documentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
*Royal, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
*Scotiabank Toronto Imax (Cineplex), 259 Richmond Street West, multiplex & IMAX, 14 screens, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
*TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 screens, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
*Varsity Cinemas (Cineplex), Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, 12 screens, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/cineplex-varsity-vip
*Yonge-Dundas Cinemas (Cineplex), multiplex & IMAX, 26 screens, 10 Dundas Street East, http://www.imdb.com/showtimes/cinema/CA/ci25232552/CA/M6M1W6

MUSEUMS
*Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton, http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com
*Art Gallery of Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
*Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Bata Shoe Museum, only two in the world, 327 Bloor St. West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Black Creek Pioneer Village, heritage museum, partly outdoors, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, http://www.blackcreek.ca
*Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto’s castle, http://www.casaloma.ca
*Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
*Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
*Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
*Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, http://www.arts.utoronto.ca/galleries.htm
*Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street, interprets Victorian life of the 1860’s, 416-302-6915
*McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum & Discovery Centre, 40 College St., http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/museum
*MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Ave., Liberty Village, http://www.mztv.com
*Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
*Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, free, http://www.thepowerplant.org
*Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum & Archives, https://www.qormuseum.org
*Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), 33 Gould Street, large photography gallery, free admission, http://www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
*Spadina House Museum and gardens, 235 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910, https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum/
*Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
*The Modern.Toronto, a museum dedicated to abstract painting, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, http://www.themoderntoronto.ca
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
*Zwig Foundation Collection, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, Canadian & international art, http://www.zwigcollection.ca

ART GALLERIES
*A Space, established contemporary, 401 Richmond St. West, http://www.aspacegallery.org
*Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street, http://www.becontemporary.com
*Bay of Spirits, 156 Front St. West, First Nations art, http://www.bayofspirits.com
*Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, http://www.cansculpt.org
*Christopher Cutts, 21 Morrow Avenue, http://www.cuttsgallery.com
*Clint Roenisch, 190 St. Helens Avenue, contemporary, avant-garde, http://www.clintroenisch.com
*Corkin, 7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.corkingallery.com
*Daniel Faria, contemporary, converted warehouse, 188 St. Helens Avenue, http://www.danielfariagallery.com
*Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street, http://www.diazcontemporary.ca
*Katharin Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects, 1086 Queen St. West, http://katharinemulherin.com/
*Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, http://www.kofflerarts.org
*Mercer Union, contemporary art, 1286 Bloor St. West, http://www.mercerunion.org
*Mira Godard, 22 Hazelton Avenue, long-established, Canadian & international artists, http://www.godardgallery.com
*Olga Korper, 17 Morrow Avenue, long-established, http://www.olgakorpergallery.com
*Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 30 Abell Street, founded in 1996, http://www.propellerctr.com
*Sandra Ainsley, 100 Sunrise Avenue #150, leading dealer in contemporary glass, http://www.sandraainsleygallery.com
*Stephen Bulger, 1356 Dundas St. West, long-established photography gallery, http://www.bulgergallery.com
*Thompson Landry Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane, Distillery District, specializes in Quebec art, both contemporary & the masters, http://www.thompsonlandry.com

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
*Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2nd largest in the world, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca
*Legit, 2nd Thursday monthly, immigration legal counsel, 519 Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
*Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue, just above Gerrard St. East, http://www.mcctoronto.com
*Out and Out, LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
*Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory, http://www.thepinkpagesdirectory.com
*ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
*Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ invites violence, imprisonment or even death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
*Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, http://www.rotctoronto.com
*Xtra magazine, gay news from Toronto, Vancouver & Ottawa, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx

OTHER GOOD STUFF
*Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
*Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
*Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
*TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/visitor-services/toronto-greeters-program/
*Toronto Transit Commission Day Pass, $12.50, a single-user pass on week days on the subway, streetcars & buses, Group/Family day passes on weekends & statutory holidays – https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp
*Ongoing – tour the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, 189 Yonge St., Mondays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust.Cancellations: Guided tours are cancelled on February 18, 2019 – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
*February 15,16, ‘Hotel’, acrobatics, theatre, dance, music, Cirque Eloize, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. East, http://www.stlc.com
*February 15-18 – skating underneath the Gardiner Expressway on The Bentway, http://www.thebentway.ca
*February 15-24 – Ice Breakers at HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, 5 installations, free, http://www.watefrontbia.com
*February 15-24 – Cottagers and Indians, native farmer versus white cottager, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*February 15-24 – Prince Hamlet, Why Not Theatre & Canadian Stage production, at Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
*February 15-24 – The Father, a woman becomes caregiver to pushy dad, Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*February 15-28 – ‘Kuumba’, monthlong celebration of Black History Month, music, art, comedy, theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba
*February 15 & ongoing, ‘The Last Ship’ starring Sting, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St., West, http://www.mirvish.com
*February 15 & ongoing – ‘OSLO’, 3-week engagement (previews 9th-13th), Studio 180 production, CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*February 15-19 – 7th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, 70 films, 26 countries, several venues, tickets and complete program at http://www.torontoblackfilm.com
*February 19 – Ontario Place: Building On Our Legacy, architects discuss heritage value of Ontario Place, Harbourfront Centre, 6:30 pm, http://www.eventbrite.ca
*February 15-23 – 40th annual Rhubarb Festival, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*February 15 – April 24 – two installations by the late European auteur, Chantal Akerman, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 158 Sterling Road, https://www.museumofcontemporary art.ca
*March 1, 2 – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, “Leonard Cohen – Dance Me’, Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East, http://www.sonycentre.ca
*March 5 & ongoing – Canadian premiere of ‘Dear Evan Hansen starring Canada’s Robert Markus, http://www.mirvish.com
*March 7,8 – Farruquito, Flamenco dancer, plus some of the finest flamenco singers and guitarists on the scene, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. West, http://www.rcmusic.com/performance
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until March 3 – Toronto Light Festival, local & int’l light artists, open-air gallery, free, Distillery District, http://www.torontolightfest.com
*Until March 17 – ‘She The People’, revue about women, #MeToo, victim blaming, female-targeted tv commercials, etc., Second City, 51 Mercer St., http://www.secondcity.com
*Until March 17 – Winter at Ontario Place, light installations, bonfires, skating, films at the Cinesphere, http://www.ontarioplace.com
*Until September 29 – Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year With Ancester Portraits & Deity Prints, Royal Ontario Museum, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – Come From Away, extended a fourth time, a continuing Canadian/American hit, now performing at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. – http://www.mirvish.com

Google tech giant’s SIDEWALK LABS wants to help develop an area almost 30 times larger than its Quayside project, financed by a cut of TORONTO’s property taxes and development fees that would normally go into city coffers.

The company envisions development on 350 acres in the Port Lands area on the eastern waterfront. – Toronto Star, February 15/2019

<“A MISTAKE HAPPENED.”, lawyer says 19-year-old MARCELLA ZOIA who allegedly threw a chair off a downtown TORONTO high-rise adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway, was under ‘peer pressure’. She’s out on bail.>

<The ‘Chair Girl’ is now TORONTO’s favourite new meme.>

<Yesterday it was ice; today it’s slush – photo KEVIN VAN PAASSEN, Globe and Mail, February 15/2019>

Quebec-based BOMBARDIER has missed its deadline to deliver Eglinton Crosstown LRT vehicles – and for the last couple of years it’s also behind on delivering TORONTO’s 215 new streetcars. Financial penalties are in the works.

The Crosstown contract is a sizable $392-million. The company was supposed to supply the first six of 76 cars to the provincial transportation agency by Feb. 1st.

AMAZON has bailed out of a deal to build a Queens, New York Headquarters – scuttling 25,000 jobs. Apparently there was too much interference from residents and politicians. Instead, the company will enlarge its commitments to Nashville and Virginia. – New York Daily News, February 15/2019

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SOUNDS WORTHY . . . BUT IS IT REALLY? ONTARIO GOV’T’S PLAN FOR TORONTO’S PUBLIC TRANSIT

Cutting through Premier DOUG FORD’S hyperbole, the provincial government’s plan for the TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) might work. Its ace seems to be money, and the province’s ability to cut through red tape when it comes to the subway’s expansion in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area (GTHA).

The plan, presented at Queen’s Park, says Ontario would take over the building and maintenance of the present & future subway; TTC would deal with day-to-day operations; TTC would continue to run the streetcars and buses and keep fare box revenues; a push would be made to integrate the TTC with GO and regional transit systems; the province & city would agree on the dollar value of the present subway system and the maintenance price tag.

According to the Toronto Star, the two sides are negotiating the subway’s value. It seems to be worth about $9-billion, with maintenance and upgrade of tunnels, signals and track amounting to $5.6-billion. This suggests, according to the Star, there’d be a one-time net gain of $3.4-billion for the city.

In a report published by the TTC in January/2019, the subway network and stations would need an estimated $22-billion in capital investment over the next 15 years. This wouldn’t include expansion projects, such as the downtown relief line.

This could be a ‘spider and the fly’ type story. “I think we’re being suckered,” said city councillor JOSH MATLOW, the only councillor who voted against talks with the province.

24 HOURS A DAY, TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S ‘DIAL-A-STORY’ IS ON THE LINE AT 416-395-5400

TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY is the world’s busiest public library system. Every year, more than 16-million people borrow about 30-million items from 99 branches. One of their services is ‘Dial-A-Sory’ for children under 12.

For a multi-lingual/cultural city like this one, stories are made available in fifteen languages – including English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Somali, Tamil and Urdu. Storytime readers have included library volunteers, Blue Jays players, actors and National Ballet dancers.

ANDREW DO says learning English as child was made easier through the ‘Dial-a-Story’ program. <(Moe Doiron – photo>

What better way for children (or adults) to learn another language or improve on the one he or she speaks. All you need is a phone. It’s free. ‘Dial-a-Story’ was created in 1989 by a consortium of libraries in Caledon, Vaughan, Brampton and North York. With amalgamation, the TORONTO Public Library took over the service in 1998.

FROM THE ZOO’S PHOTO ALBUM – ANIMALS & BIRDS THAT CALL ONTARIO & GTR. TORONTO HOME

TORONTO is home to thousands of black & gray SQUIRRELS.  By burying seeds and nuts, they’e an important part of the city’s ecosystem.  Their hard work promotes germination and forest renewal.

The MASSASSAUGA RATTLESNAKE is an endangered species.  Over a dozen have been born at the Zoo.  They’re shy reptiles, and it’s illegal to harass, harm or kill one.

Owls in the Greater TORONTO Area – Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Barred, Northern Saw Whet, Great Grey & occasional/seasonal, the Snowy Owl.

Elsa, the ARCTIC FOX, 1.5-years-old, came to TORONTO from Parc Safari.  She’s joined others in the Tundra Trek.

Breathing in the Northland, a member of the Zoo’s POLAR BEAR family.

And one new-resident of Ontario, an AFRICAN PENGUIN, a participant in the Zoo’s Species Survival Plan.  Seventeen new chicks were born here, since the species arrived in 2011.

It’s easy to get to TORONTO ZOO – by car, from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.

By TTC bus, take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from there, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.

RECOGNIZE THIS? IT’S AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE NEW CAMH CAMPUS AT OSSINGTON & QUEEN ST. WEST

Construction began in October 2017, and now the West Queen West campus of CAMH (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health) has been greatly enlarged. The project includes two seven-storey institutional buildings, the McCain Complex Care & Recovery Centre at the corner of Ossington Avenue & Queen, and the Crisis & Critical Care Building on Queen at White Squirrel Way.

<PHOTO, looking south – courtesy of PCL>

“CORONER” HAS BECOME CBC TELEVISION’S HIGHEST-RATED NEW DRAMA SERIES LAUNCH

Co-produced by Muse, Back Alley & Cineflix & shot in TORONTO, “CORONER” has become CBC’s highest-rated drama series launch in four years. NUMERIS, the Canadian audience measurement organization, confirmed that the series reached two-million in Canada and delivered an average minute audience of more than one-million viewers for each episode on CBC television.

Dr. Jenny Cooper (played by actress Serinda Swan) investigates suspicious, unnatural, or sudden deaths in TORONTO. In the photo above Dr. Cooper is shown extracting a foot from a car grill. (Somebody’s got to do it.) 
In the United Kingdom the series premiered as Universal TV’s highest-ever rated series launch.
“’Coroner’ has struck a chord with viewers in Canada and the UK, which is a testament to the series’ outstanding cast and creative team and the authenticity of its themes and characters,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC.

TORONTO’S PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS A PERMANENT ART & SCULPTURE COLLECTION

<Getting there – the UP Express connects downtown TORONTO with the airport.  There’s a train every 25 minutes from Union Station, and vice versa from Terminal 1.>

Oftentimes travelers are under too much pressure to take in Pearson’s art and sculpture collection. Throughout Terminals 1 and 3 there are examples of work by artists from Canada and elsewhere.

<One of three Inuksuit outside the terminals>

<‘Skin of Flight’ by Dereck Revington, Domestic Departures, Terminal 3>

<‘As One’ by Jaume Plensal, International Baggage Hall, Terminal 1>

<Sculpture by Richard Serra, Terminal 1>

<Textiles by Tazeen Oayyum, 2013, Terminal 1>

<Consecutive Bands, Sol Lewitt, 2003, Terminal 1>

<Holding more than 18,000 litres of water, this massive tank filled with little cubes was designed by Germany’s INGO MAURER. It’s part of Pearson’s permanent collection.>